Art appreciation

palette and brush

 

Our church conference held a national gathering in Massachusetts last summer, and we used this as an opportunity for a family trip.  A friend knew we were travelling through Chicago and recommended we visit the Art Institute.  I am so glad we did.  At one point, I was standing only a few feet from a genuine Claude Monet painting of flowers in a vase.  I could not believe I was allowed to be so close to the handiwork of a painting genius, and I was even more amazed by the incredible beauty of a simple painting.  I have since done some research to understand Monet’s paintings have similar characteristics.  They belong together and share clear evidence of their common creator.

God is also a master artist, and creation is His masterpiece.  There was no canvas, but His words were enough.  God spoke, and His creativity sprang into reality everywhere.  God repeatedly said, “Let there be,” and there was.  Like any great artist, we recognize God’s nature in His creative work.  God is all about order, which is evident in the periodic table of elements as well as the biological order.  God is all about relationships, and we see that in His creation of men and women to be have families.  In The Truth Project, Del Tackett noted the trinitarian nature of God when he said, “Everywhere I look, I see threes.”  God’s fingerprints are everywhere.

The Apostle Paul claimed God’s eternal power and divine nature are clearly evident in creation.  To claim otherwise is without excuse (Romans 1:20).  Perhaps this is why so many people love nature and feel close to God when they are on top of a mountain or watching the sun rise in the morning.  I love our Creator God.  I love His creativity and artistry.  King David appealed to the creative nature of God when he said to Him, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me (Psalm 51:10).”

Take moment and enjoy the sunrise or sunset.  Appreciate the glorious colors painted in the sky by our Creator and give thanks.  Be grateful that the God who created all things also created you.  He loves you and invites you to love Him in return.

I appreciate the work of Monet, but I will never meet him.  I appreciate the work of God, and I get to meet with Him every day.  He meets me in my time of prayer, and He speaks to me through His Word.  And one day, maybe very soon, I will see Him face to face.